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After dropping the series opener in frustrating fashion, the Red Sox came back from an early deficit to defeat the Yankees, 9-5. Sox starter Josh Beckett went 7 innings while striking out 8 to improve his record to 12-5 on the season. Beckett is now 15-8 against the Yankees in his career. All Red Sox hitters recorded at least one hit, with 12 total. With the win, the Red Sox increased their lead in the American League East to 1.5 games.
The only thing Yankee starter Phil Hughes can do is to tip his cap and call the Red Sox his daddy. After a Smoltz-like performance giving up six runs in 5.2 innings, he now has a career mark of 2-5 with a 6.65 ERA in 46 IP against the Sox. After his teammates gave him a lead in the top of the third with a Derek Jeter RBI single, he gave it right back on a fielder’s choice by Dustin Pedroia and a single by Jed Lowrie. Then, in the fifth inning, David Ortiz took Hughes deep into the center field bleachers to expand the Boston lead to 4-1, Papi’s 28th long fly of the season. After leaving in the sixth, New York reliever Boone Logan allowed an inherited runner to score on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 24th home run of the season.
Wednesday night’s sellout crowd of 38, 021 extended the Red Sox’ home sellout streak t0 698 games. The Red Sox broke the Cleveland Indians mark of 455 games on September 8, 2008 and never looked back. The sellout streak will reach 700 Friday night against Texas. Game one of the streak occurred on May 15, 2003, with 33, 801 showing up to see Pedro Martinez scatter five hits over six shutout innings against Texas en route to a 12-3 Red Sox victory.
The Red Sox begin their September schedule in the rubber game of the three game set against the Yankees Thursday at 7:10. Jon Lester (14-6) will square off against A.J. Burnett (9-11). Kevin Youkilis homered in Pawtucket’s game against Rochester and will be activated from the 15-day DL when first eligible on Friday.